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Comment: Re:What a shock (Score 1) 409

by Golden_Rider (#48513885) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Saxony used to have Uranium mines (see the Wismut page in Wikipedia). So are you sure it is Chernobyl radiation or just runoff from underground rivers that cross the uranium deposits that occur naturally over there?

Since in the n-tv article, they mention both Saxony AND Bavaria, I don't think it's from the uranium deposits.

Comment: Re:What a shock (Score 5, Informative) 409

by Golden_Rider (#48513535) Attached to: Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

In Germany, even this year, 40% of the wild boars which were tested in Saxony (hunters are required to check animals they killed for radioactivity) showed radioactivity higher than the limit of 600 becquerel/kg, which made them officially unsuitable for human consumption. Some animals even showed radioactivity as high as 9800 becquerel/kg. Articles (in German) here: http://www.neues-deutschland.d... and here:

This radioactivity in the meat is caused by the boars eating mushrooms and other plants in the forest. If plants and animals in eastern Germany are still contaminated after all this time, I'd rather not eat anything from directly next to the chernobyl plant, or live there.

Comment: Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (Score 5, Informative) 327

by Golden_Rider (#48397467) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Also - couldn't you actually just sign the drivers that are needed for trim? What prevents that?

As the author of the popular "trim enabler" software (which patches the original apple drivers and so causes the original drivers to fail the kext signing check) puts it:

"all of Apple’s AHCI SATA drivers are closed source and undocumented, which makes it impossible for me to create my own Trim driver and get it signed."

Which is also the reason why there are no trim drivers available from hardware manufacturers like Samsung, etc. No access to Apple's driver documentation - no signed trim drivers.

Comment: Re:ESA's spectacular rash of achieving failures (Score 1) 337

by Golden_Rider (#48391495) Attached to: Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

It is amazing how ESA continues to have spectacular failures project after project. They manage to reach the target just to fail miserably due to lack of testing or by ignoring basic configurations.

I fail to see how "all the experiments on board the lander had a chance to run and return information back to Earth" (from LA times article) makes this mission a failure. Philae did everything they wanted it to do, the "charge battery and stay in contact" was just an optional extra.

Considering the official statement was that just LANDING there had only a 50:50 chance of succeeding, this whole thing was an incredible success.

Comment: Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (Score 1) 488

by Golden_Rider (#48367109) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Perhaps there's a Zoology Masters research project in working out ways to keep birds (and bats) away from the turbines.

Dead birds -> biomass -> energy. Sounds like an added bonus to me :-)

More serious reply: According to an article on the website of German magazine "Focus" the bird observatory Brandenburg has a database of all recorded cases of birds killed by wind turbines in Germany. Since 1989, there have been 681 dead birds on record. Other researchers more critical of wind turbines estimate that by far not all dead birds are found, though, due to other animals eating them, the birds not dying right next to the wind turbine etc. and so they think the real number is more like 10000 to 100000 birds killed by wind turbines per year - which still would mean only about 1-5 dead birds for each of the 20000 wind turbines in Germany, per year. That does not sound TOO horrible to me.

Comment: Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (Score 5, Informative) 450

by Golden_Rider (#48341109) Attached to: Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

In fact, someone on the Phoronix forums posted a bunch of links to Joey's debian-devel posts which seems to bear this out.

Especially the first one is a clanger. If you can't support systemd on technical grounds without getting threats, something is very toxic indeed.

And no, that first post is not directly related to the Debian Constitution. That the idiotic GR trying to override the Technical Committee decision two weeks before the Jessie freeze is inspired by this kind of drivel, and that the Constitution makes these kind of purely political overrides of the technical decisions possible is rather evident though.

From what I read there, stuff like (trying to make technical decisions via politics when there actually is no disagreement between devs which needs any help with the decision-making) also contributed to his decision to quit.

Comment: Re: Perhaps someone can explain this (Score 1) 142

by Golden_Rider (#48327789) Attached to: Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

Nope, I actually was surprised about this a couple times, too. For example, on the German amazon website, there are quite a few sellers which offer cheap 1-2 euro stuff (like e.g. USB adapters, ink cartridges for pens, ...) with free shipping, from china or japan. I needed a USB OTG cable for my android tablet, so I bought one from such a seller. And indeed, one week later, I had a padded envelope with that cable, from china, in my hands. 2 euro item with free shipping from china, the profit on that sale cannot be very high, even if the cable itself cost only a couple cents for the seller.

Comment: Re: Facebook hurts the Internet (Score 2) 141

Because I don't want to be the weird guy who insists using e-mail for communications. I would just be an endurance to everyone.

Funny. In my circle of friends, anybody who would insist on communicating only via Facebook would be the "weird guy" (actually, as far as I know, most of them do not even have a Facebook account, specifically because of privacy concerns). We communicate via e-mail, or, if we need to talk to someone Right Now, via telephone. It works, try it.

Comment: Re:watch this (Score 1) 275

by Golden_Rider (#47971047) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

and also, this

We have never put, nor returned, a man, to or from, the moon. And we are not the only ones to have faked space exploration. We did not have the technology to do it then, much like we don't now.

All three videos you posted just regurgigate the same old hoax arguments which have been debunked countless times. For good examples of the debunking, just go to e.g. or watch any of the videos (on youtube) by e.g. Phil Plait / astrobrant2 / GreaterSapien (or any of the countless others). Don't even mention Jarrah White, watch the astrobrant2 videos for debunking of his crazy theories.

Also good: Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses (among other stuff) the moon landing hoax with Joe Rogan:

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 1) 275

by Golden_Rider (#47970813) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Whenever people talk about "the fake moon landing", I like to point them to one of the many youtube videos which explain how DIFFICULT it would have been to fake the moon landing, like this one: It actually would have been easier to just send people to the moon instead of faking it.

Comment: Re:it's means it is (Score 1) 132

by Golden_Rider (#47905233) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

Looks like it only 40 parts (including engine, electronics, etc). The video of driving car is only 40 parts. Did you see they printed most of the car in one pass as a single part?

So you say a car engine is made out of only 40 parts? Looked like more parts to me last time I looked under the hood of my car.


Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction 326

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-behavioral-incentive-strong-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes: While legislators and police try to tackle the epidemic of distracted driving through education, regulation, and enforcement, Scott Tibbitts is trying to solve it through engineering. He developed a small device which, when plugged into a vehicle, would determine which phone belonged to the driver and shut off its texting and voice call capabilities. "The telematics box sends a wireless message that the car is moving. The phone sends its own message about its location. Both sets of information — from the car and phone — are sent to Katasi's servers. Then, an algorithm weighs the incoming data with other information, like the location of the phones belonging to all the people who drive the car and the starting point of the trip; if the trip starts at Junior's high school, and mom and dad's phones are at work, the driver has been identified — Junior is driving."

The problem is that Tibbitts can't get anyone interested in setting up a system to make these devices ubiquitous. Consumers can't be sold on such a product: all evidence suggests people are increasingly unwilling to be cut off from constant communication. So, he tried working with carriers. Sprint partnered with Tibbitts long enough to test the device, but they were afraid of the legal risks involved. Now, Tibbitts is nursing the technology along, looking for a way to get it into cars and make people safer.

Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans 108

Posted by timothy
from the rude-to-users-is-the-short-term-business-mindset dept.
Another good reason to be annoyed by autoplaying videos online: it eats up dataplan allowances, making for some rude surprises. I'm always nervous about data allowances, and sites should be cautious about what they shove at you; turning off the autoplay feature isn't hard (and it's explained in the second article linked above), but I sure wish it was the default setting, or at least caught and handled by a browser extension. (Perhaps this is a job for Social Fixer's next iteration.) Is Facebook the worst offender on this front?

Comment: Re:"they shouldn't email you?" (Score 1) 232

by Golden_Rider (#47694687) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

I really wouldn't want E-mail deleted while I'm out of office. Just the fact that I would have to ask everyone who E-mailed me to resend.

The expectation is that the sender reads the automatic reply, which says something like "X is on vacation and cannot be reached, so your mail will be deleted. If it was about something important, please mail Y". So you should not have to ask people to resend the mail, because they either wait for you to come back, or send a mail to your colleagues who are not on vacation (and if it is was something private like "want to go see a movie tonight?", people surely know your private email/phone number, too).

Only through hard work and perseverance can one truly suffer.